Joss Whedon responds to ‘Avengers’ criticism from ‘Dark Knight Rises’ cinematographer

Wally Pfister had rubbished Whedon's superhero smash-hit as 'an appalling film'

Joss Whedon has responded to criticism levelled at The Avengers from The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister.

Pfister, who worked with director Christopher Nolan on every instalment of his Batman trilogy and has enjoyed a working relationship with the filmmaker dating back to his 2000 flick Memento, had previously rubbished Whedon’s rival superhero film in an interview with the Herald Tribune.

“What’s really important is storytelling. None of it matters if it doesn’t support the story,” he said. “I thought The Avengers was an appalling film. They’d shoot from some odd angle and I’d think, why is the camera there?

He added: “Oh, I see, because they spent half a million on the set and they have to show it off. It took me completely out of the movie. I was driven bonkers by that illogical form of storytelling.”

However, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Whedon refused to raise to the bait and simply replied: “I’m sorry to hear it, I’m a fan.”

Since its release in May, The Avengers has become the third biggest movie ever, grossing over $1.5 billion (£930 million) worldwide. The sequel is scheduled for release in May 2015. Whedon was initially hesitant to helm a second film, but his return was confirmed in August when he signed an exclusive deal with Marvel.